Bearcats Rout West Virginia On Senior Day|
Nov. 4, 2007
CINCINNATI---It was a Senior Day to remember for Jenny Custer and her Cincinnati teammates, as the Bearcats won their third straight match, sweeping West Virginia on Sunday afternoon in Fifth Third Arena. The win draws the Bearcats into a third-place tie in the BIG EAST standings with just one weekend of play remaining. UC improved to 17-9 overall and 8-4 in the BIG EAST with the 30-22, 30-15, 30-20 sweep of the Mountaineers.
Custer, playing in front of the UC home crowd for the final time, tied for match-high honors with 12 kills, while hitting .667 and adding three aces from the service line. Jessie Nevitt matched her teammate with 12 kills, while leading all players with five blocks. Nevitt's work at the net was part of a strong team blocking effort as UC finished with nine as a team. Stephanie Niemer chipped in 11 kills in the win for the Bearcats.
UC's defense did an outstanding job against WVU (13-14, 4-9 BIG EAST), limiting the Mountaineers to .070 hitting, representing the second-lowest mark by a Bearcat opponent this year. The Bearcats held West Virginia's top offensive player, Abby Tevis, to only six kills and a -.108 hitting percentage. Tammy Wolf led WVU with nine kills.
"I thought we executed at a pretty high-level today and I am pleased to get two wins this weekend," UC head coach Reed Sunahara said. "Overall, I thought we did a good job of taking care of the ball and it was a total team effort."
The Bearcats got their afternoon off to a slow start as back-to-back kills by setter Kailee Goold and Wolf pushed the visitors up 11-9. UC recovered, though, using a 10-4 run to force a West Virginia timeout with the Bearcats leading 19-15. WVU did little to help themselves during the spurt, committing seven errors. From there, three kills by Nevitt helped the Bearcats close out the win. UC hit a solid .333 in the opener, while WVU finished at .098.
The second game was all Cincinnati as the hosts held a commanding .387 to .028 hitting advantage, due in part to four and a half blocks. The Bearcats got off to a flying start, taking an 8-3 lead on a triple block, then watching Custer serve three straight aces to help UC pull away. Later, UC pushed its lead to double digits for the first time at 18-8. From there, the Bearcats kept the pressure on, using a late 6-0 run that pushed the advantage to 28-13. Two Cincinnati errors kept WVU alive, but kills by Nevitt and Lindsay Upton helped the Bearcats close the game.
Cincinnati roared out to an 8-1 lead in game three, forcing an early stoppage by the Mountaineers. The Bearcats were never really challenged, despite hitting .238 in the frame as Custer poured on six more kills and Niemer five in the final game. UC reached a double figure lead for the first time at 27-17 and Upton's sixth kill of the afternoon on the Bearcats' third match point handed the Bearcats the sweep.
Jaime Frey had an outstanding performance from her libero position, registering 21 digs to move within two of cracking the top-10 on the UC single season list. WVU libero Bonnie West led her team with 17.
The Bearcats will close out BIG EAST play and try to earn third place in the league next weekend with a pair of road contests. UC will travel to Notre Dame on Friday afternoon, before making the trek to DePaul on Sunday.